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Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art), 1938

Alan Jarvis
Canadian, 1915 - 1972
watercolour on wove paper
28.9 x 30.2 cm
Gift from the Douglas M. Duncan Collection, 1970
National Gallery of Canada (no. 16169)

At Dresden . . . some months ago an Exhibition of Decadent Art [Entartete Kunst] was arranged with the object of ridiculing the distorted creations of the intelligentsia who, it seems, are considered to have a demoralizing influence upon the vigorous heartiness of Nazi civilization. Photographs of Hitler and a group of uniformed politicians visiting the Exhibition appeared in the press, each one registering appropriate expressions of abhorrence and dismay . . . the implied suggestion that Art (like Religion) should not tread upon the toes of Politics is one that has to be vigorously contested. How could the work of men whose minds, by their profession, are specially sensitive to the atmosphere in which they live, fail to react to the greatest intellectual conflict of our time? This conflict is essentially political. H.S.M. Carver, "Paint and Politics," The Canadian Forum, March 1936

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